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SBD/April 11, 2013/Labor and Agents
MLBPA Examining Jay-Z, Roc Nation Sports' Application To Represent Players
Published April 11, 2013
BIG LOSS FOR THE NETS? CBS Sports Network’s Allie LaForce said the move by Jay-Z is a "huge blow for the Nets in terms of getting free agents and having just his appearance at the games and bringing attention to the franchise in a positive way.” CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish noted the relationship between the Nets and Jay-Z was more “perception than in actuality." Parrish: "He didn’t really have a role with that franchise, but he made that franchise cool” ("Lead Off,” CBS Sports Network, 4/10). The N.Y. Daily News' Bob Raissman said Jay-Z has “become a great faceman” for an organization, which is what “he’s going to be for this agency." Raissman: "He’s the frontman. He’ll bring in the clients and the rest of the guys will do the work. Now, I give him a lot of credit … because there’s a lot of guys running around that would like to do that" (“Daily News Live,” SNY, 4/10). ESPN's Jalen Rose said, "He has relationships with current athletes … and he’s going to take that relationship and now profit off of it with Robinson Cano, Victor Cruz and others” (“Numbers Never Lie,” ESPN2, 4/10).